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York to host first ever balloon fiesta

September 11th, 2017

Yorkshire skies look set to be glittered with hot air balloons from across the UK this September, when Knavesmire Racecourse welcomes the York Balloon Fiesta.

The inaugural event hopes to rival similar festivals held in other town and cities and will boast a weekend full of entertainment and fun-filled activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Visitors can look forward to awesome balloon launches each morning and afternoon, live music and impressive bird-flying shows from Friday 29th September through to Sunday 1st October.

Local radio station Minster FM are sponsoring the music stage and on Saturday evening, there will be an incredible Ultra Fibre Optic Night-Glow performance sponsored by Talk Talk, the telecommunications giant founded in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

The fun does not stop there – the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is going to fly in and invite the youngsters in the crowd to come along and sit in the helicopter exploring its features and functions, along with the Fire and Rescue team with their fire engines.

Just for the grown-ups, there is going to be beer and gin tasting sessions happening over the weekend. Along with plenty of food stalls and Victorian-themed funfair rides. This is in addition to the 50 hot air balloons being piloted by dedicated crew which will be the highlight of the show.

Entry is free with car parking available nearby for only £6. Furthermore, £1 per car will be generously donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which is the chosen charity of the organisers.